I did a bit of house cleaning this week and ran across a formerly prized possession that I hadnâ€™t seen in years – my old word processor. For those unfamiliar with that now outdated technological tool, a word processor was essentially a â€œsmart typewriterâ€ with a small screen display that enabled me to do what I now do in Word or WordPerfect and to save my work on â€œfloppy disks,â€ which are now also outdated technology.
My word processor was convenient and useful, but it also made me resist trying newer technology. I initially saw no need to pay what was then â€œbigâ€ money for a computer, monitor and printer when I could do what was needed on my compact word processor.
When I finally gave in, bought a computer and found out how many other things I could easily accomplish, I packed my word processor away and forgot about it until I found it today and took it to the local recycling center. I unwittingly passed up convenience and easier work because I settled for what I had and didnâ€™t know what I was missing.
What applied to the path that made me a computer user also applies to the path that many of us choose in life. The Lord Jesus presents us with new possibilities for personal and spiritual growth, well-being and peace of mind each day, but we often pass them up. Human nature makes us hesitant about whatâ€™s new and unknown and leads us to cling to whatâ€™s comfortable and familiar. We often settle for just getting by because we convince ourselves that doing â€œbusiness as usualâ€ meets our needs.
When we abandon our human hesitation and move from proclaiming our faith to exercising our faith, Christ will broaden our horizons, illuminate new pathways and possibilities in our lives and give us new hope, new direction, new confidence and new joy.
Exercise your faith, prayerfully seek Godâ€™s will for your life each day and let the Lord Jesus Christ lead you through new doors where new blessings are simply waiting for you to claim them. When you take the risk and walk with Jesus down new pathways, youâ€™ll find out that the same thing is true in your daily life that I found out when I moved from the word processor to the computer – youâ€™ll realize that didnâ€™t know what you were missing.